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Preston Council concerned over Forestville Bridge closure


Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Mayor Kurt Reicks raised the issue of the bridge closure to vehicle traffic on county road 118 at Forestville State Park at the July 7 Preston City Council meeting. Robert Sauer was absent.

Reicks explained that the bridge sustained further damage as a result of the early June flooding. The bridge is now closed to vehicle traffic but open to horse, bicycle, and foot traffic. He admitted that park officials want it closed, as it then allows only one entrance and exit from the park. State officials are to inspect the bridge.

The mayor suggested sending a letter to the Fillmore County Board and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in support of getting the bridge either repaired or replaced. Reicks said that it is in the interest of the Preston business community to have the bridge open as it allows an entrance to the park from the side near Preston. Councilman Heath Mensink agreed. The council unanimously voted to send the letters of support.

Other Business

• J & S Real Property, Inc. applied for a $10,000 loan from the city of Preston Economic Development revolving loan fund. City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted that the owners, Scott Springer and Joshua Howe, wanted to renovate the old Laundromat space into three business offices and retail sale spaces. The loan would be amortized over 10 years at 3% interest.

City Attorney Dwight Luhmann who is chairman of the EDA committee said that the EDA had looked at and approved the application subject to the committee's review. The subcommittee recommended approval. The council approved the loan.

• Joe Hoffman updated the council on the city's damage from the recent flooding to its public infrastructure. He admitted that he was surprised to discover that much of it was covered by insurance. He said the president has declared the four county area a disaster area which makes losses to public infrastructure eligible for FEMA funds.

• City Clerk Sheila Marzolf asked the council to approve election judges for the September 9 primary and November 4 general elections. She noted that two council positions and the mayor's position will be up for election. Filing for the positions opens August 26 and will close on September 9. Five election judges were approved including David Hokenson, Muriel Hanson, Dawn Ristau, Arthur Callanan, and Richard Petsch.

Budget cuts impact role of public defenders

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Judge Robert Benson discussed the state cut back of funding for the Public Defender Office with the Fillmore County Board at their July 8 meeting. Benson explained that public defenders will no longer provide service for parents with Child ..... 
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Harmony looks into lift station problems

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Harmony residents have some concerns about what is going on with the north lift station that seemed to be the cause of the sewer issues during the heavy rains on June 7-8. During that storm Harmony received more than eight inches of rain, and many p ..... 
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Lanesboro Museum asks city for help

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Speaking for the Lanesboro Historical Museum in Lanesboro, Jim Ostrem approached the city council with a request at the regular meeting July 7.

First, Ostrem invited the council to come to the museum for a free guided tour so th ..... 
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Septic system inspection required before sale

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig discussed with the county board the enforcement of the Point of Sale Ordinance at the board's July 1 meeting. He noted that the ordinance has been on the books for about a year. It says that "before a pers ..... 
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Spring Valley proceeds with flood buyout

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council held a special meeting on Monday, June 30, 2008, to discuss issues regarding violations of the junk ordinance and buyout of flood plain property.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer told the council t ..... 
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Harmony Administrator updates council on flood matters

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

The day of the Harmony City Council meeting on June 24, City Administrator Jerome Illg met with Senator Sharon Ropes to talk about water damage in the community due to recent flooding. They toured some of the homes that have had damage due to floodi ..... 
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Spring Valley keeps Parking Ordinance

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council held a Public Hearing at their June 23rd meeting on Monday and encouraged people to come forward that had concerns about the current Parking Ordinance. That ordinance restricts parking on Broadway in the business distr ..... 
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Rushford flood loans reach $17 million

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It was a big moment, but definitely understated.

At the previous Rushford city council meeting, the business loan spreadsheet of projected flood recovery loans said that the fund was one half million dollars "in the hole."

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